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"His design and building principles define his work, and challenge perceptions of what a modern custom ukulele can be.
Composed, confident, artistic, and unique, Mark's instruments set new standards for this next age of contemporary ukuleles."

                                           

                                                                                            Shawn Yacavone / Ukulele Friend

​"Mark is Da Man! He will be the next Charles Fox."

                                                                           Eric Devine / Devine Guitars & Ukuleles

"This was a "love at first pluck" experience for me. I am still struck by a feeling of clarity, brightness and richness of the tone. The instrument is light in the hands and vibrates with life. I could feel it ... it was talking to me through my hands; not just through my ears."

                                                           Kenneth Fowler / Houston, TX

"Working out of his Oregon workshop, Mark is really making waves in the uke world for his unique styling and attention to detail."

 

                                                                                    GUITAR BENCH MAGAZINE

"A Uke and a Smile

Coca-Cola commissions a one-of-a-kind ukulele for Warren Buffett."

                                                                                     Ukulele Magazine

​​Superb tone and playability

Superior craftsmanship, shaping a deep resonance from flawless intonation, allowing each note to bloom.  Blurring distinctions of what the modern bespoke instrument can be.

​​Mark Roberts has maintained a lifelong passion about creativity and understanding the nature, patterns, and systems of the world around us.

An extensive background in all disciplines of fine art, industrial product design, and furniture design have un​iquely crafted his approach to design and craft fine instruments.  

Mark's experience as an product designer and his beneficial study under Charles Fox, and numerous other gifted luthiers, have uniquely positioned his contemporary sensibilities to design and approach to building.

 

 

             A misconception about good designers is that we create beauty.

             I believe we should strive to create intelligence - and if we succeed, 

             beauty will appear.

             I like to produce art that resonates with all of the senses, and share

             it with all who care about it everyday.

                                                                       Mark Roberts 

 

 

           My pursuit of lutherie, like industrial design, furniture design, and art

           is partially the intimacy of our relationship with objects we use on a

           daily basis. Instruments, like furniture, are somewhat compromised,

          but the desire to try and produce something that's free from that                           compromise is endlessly exciting. I love the concept that instrument                     design and construction uses all my capacity, from my physical ability  

          for actually making, and the whole relationship of choosing a specific                  piece of wood, that once stood in a woodland, to actually seeing that                    instrument being used, and years later seeing how that piece has                        blossomed in use.  If we want trees in the landscape, we should give

         them life beyond their own.

With respect of tradition and love for modern aesthetics, Mark continues this evolution asking the right questions, with clear artistic vision, innovative technology and meticulous attention to details using the world’s finest tonewoods maintaining a keen focus on evolving the instruments.

 

Museum of Contemporary Craft, exhibitor 

Oregon Art Beat television, Oregon Public Broadcasting featured artist 

Guild of American Luthiers, member/author

Design BOOM Magazine, featured article

American Lutherie Magazine, author 

Guitar Maker Magazine, author

Guitar Bench Magazine, featured article

Ukulele Magazine, featured article

Ukulele Rhythms Magazine, featured luthier

The Luthierist Podcast, featured luthier 

NW Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit, exhibitor

Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration, exhibitor

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, History of the Guitar exhibitor 

Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, Best of Show

Portland Public Library Exhibit, exhibitor 

Portland International Airport Exhibit, organizer/exhibitor

Portland Luthiers Gatherings, organizer

With an ever growing list of clients around the world, Mark is focused on evolving his designs and craftsmanship into museum quality instruments, destine to be heirlooms for generations.

 

For my sensibilities, I greatly limit decoration on my instruments. Decoration never adds a new tone, it never improves the bloom of a note, or the sustain.

It never makes the instrument play better…and it never makes the player reach to become equal to the capability of the instrument.  It’s a distraction.

 

I would rather leave a finish as close to revealing the natural characteristics of the material as possible, to meditate and revel on the life and condition of an individual woods character, than an artificial mirror like surface of some finishes. 

 

If you think what goes on inside an instrument is just as important as what it looks like on the outside, we should talk.